January 2019

Posted on Jan 7, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in January 2019? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout January in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…


PERFORMANCES:

January 10: Family Theater – The Kamikaze4:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). The Kamikaze Fireflies perform for audiences all over the world. The show is a mix of comedy and circus: juggling, hula hoops, German wheel, whip cracking, and many tricks never seen anywhere else. The Seattle Times said they gave a “near riotous end to the show.” They received a standing ovation in the semifinal rounds of America’s Got Talent, and receive rave reviews everywhere they go. Howard Stern called the show “Fantastic & Captivating.” More information: Robert Carlson, 417.781.5124.

January 25: Pro Musica presents Van Kuijk Quartet, 7:00pm at College Heights Christian Church (4311 Newman Rd). After being selected as BBC New Generation Artists for the 2015-17 term, the Van Kuijk (pronounced Van Kweek) Quartet joined the ECHO Rising Star roster for the 2017-18 Season. Since their formation in 2012, the ensemble has established a presence in major international venues including Wigmore Hall in London and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris. The Van Kuijk Quartet, comprised of Nicholas Van Kuijk (violin), Sylvain Favre-Bulle (violin), Emmanuel Francois (viola), and Francois Robin (cello), is in residence at ProQuartet, an incubator for artists of excellence in Paris.  The quartet records exclusively for Alpha Classics.  Their debut recording, Mozart, was released to outstanding critical acclaim in Autumn 2016 and was followed by a disc of French music in late 2017. This performance is free and open to the public. More information: Deb Billings, 417.625.1822.

January 27: Ben Miller Band House Concert, 5:30pm (Doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). It’s been nearly a year since Ben Miller Band’s sold out record release party at Coda – the wait is over. Their back for a very special house concert as they prepare for another world tour! The Ben Miller Band combines elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country into their own distinct “Ozark Stomp”.  Formed right here in Joplin in 2005, the band’s lineup features Ben (vocals & guitar), Scott Leeper (homemade one-string washtub bass & drums), Rachel Ammons (violin, cello, guitar, accordion, & electric-cactus), & Bob Lewis (guitar, bass, banjo, & washboard). If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, please send an email to Jeff Morrow at info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc will then be sent in return. Seats are a minimum suggested donation of $15 for general admission. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the artists performing.


EVENTS:

January 1: First Hike of 2019, 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Glades, Creek Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Start the year out right with a nature hike. Please bring a water bottle and trekking poles if needed. The course for the day is approximately 3 miles and should be completed before noon.  Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group and work off your holiday indulgences. Feel free to hike at your own pace. All ages are welcome but may be difficult for children under 7. A portion of the trail is not stroller or wheel chair accessible. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713.

January 1: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! More information: 417.623.7953, chatncraft.wordpress.com.

January 3 & 4: Random Awesomeness – Winter Break Edition (Grades 6-12), 2:00–4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Bored over winter break? Hang out at Joplin Public Library and enjoy games, cards, crafts, and other shenanigans instead. Come for a little or stay for a lot. No registration needed. More information: Beth Snow, 417.623.7953 ext 1027.

January 3: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come have fun at Spiva with a four-round, team-based arts and culture trivia night that takes place from 6:00 to 8:00pm every First Thursday. The cost is only $5 per person in each team, one to eight people per team. The more teammates you have, the higher your chances of winning! There will be three teams to a round and the team to win each round will win 60% of the entry fees. Each round lasts 30 minutes, so we encourage you to come in, have a beer, grab a snack, and put on those thinking caps. All participants must be 21 or older. Sponsored by Missouri Eagle LLC. This is a 21 and up event. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 4: First Friday WineShare (Age 21+)6:00–8:00pm at Blue’s Bike Company (832 S Main St). Join Downtown Joplin Alliance for the first WineShare of 2019! The event will take place at Blue’s Bike Company, located at the former Mcgee’s Drug Store. If you haven’t checked out the building yet, here is your chance. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare. More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

January 5: Joplin Public Library Dance Party (Grades K–5),10:00–10:45am at Joplin Public Library, Community Room (1901 E 20th St). Join dance instructor Chelsey Davenport for games, singing, dancing, and lots of fun. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

January 5 & 6: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). This new Iowa PBS documentary uncovers Carver’s complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

January 5: Nutrition Workshop/Cooking Demonstration1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join Chef Robin Jeep in a nutrition workshop that teaches about preparing healthy meals. The focus will be on plant-based nutrition much like those promoted in George Washington Carver’s bulletins. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

January 7: Joplin Public Library Middle School Book Club (Grades 6–8)6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Each month the teen department reads a book on a different theme and conducts a chat about it. At the end of the session the group will pick the theme for the next month. You choose the book you read. Feel free to bring a brown bag supper; dessert will be provided. No registration is needed. More information: Beth Snow, 417.623.7953, ext. 1027.

January 10: Ozark Gateway Audubon Society presents “Endangered: Wetland Habitats & the Endangered Species Act”, 7:00pm at Location TBA. This month’s chapter meeting will include a presentation regarding “Endangered: Wetland Habitats and the Endangered Species Act” by Carol Miller with MSU. The meetings are always at 7:00pm on the second Thursday of the month. This is event is free and open to the public. More information: Joan Banks, 417.437.5380.

January 11: Spiva Center for the Arts Opening Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Spiva’s Main Gallery will house STRATA: Layered Meaning. STRATA showcase how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. The artists cut through the surface, pulling apart, and examining the layers that make up the whole. In the Regional Gallery enjoy DRAWN, a national exhibition celebrating experimentation while reminding viewers of the basic nature and value of the drawing process. $5 suggested contribution; members free. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 12: Curator Talk: The Making of an Exhibit with Courtney Wasson11:00am–12:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join Kansas City based curator Courtney Wasson as she discusses the behind the scenes details of choosing the diverse works from the Main Gallery exhibit STRATA: Layered Meaning. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 12: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+)11:15–11:45am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by Amanda, a registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to help kids during these months they might be experiencing a little angst from being cooped up. Please sign up by following the instructions on Wildcat Friends Group Facebook page. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

January 12: The Met Live in HD Presents “Adriana Lecouvreur”11:55am atRegal Cinema Northstar 14 (201 S Northpark Ln). For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczata. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections, and Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet. Tickets: $24 Adult, $21.82 Senior, $17.45 Child. Click here for more information about Fathom Events.

January 12 & 13: Carver and Chemergy1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver created an interesting array of synthetic by-products from agricultural plants that largely impacted society. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

January 12: Post Art Library Ukulele Club2:00–4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The purpose of the Post Art Library Ukulele Club is to bring together people who appreciate and play ukulele, to learn from and share with one another. This is a free public program open to beginning and advanced players. Bring your own ukulele. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041. 

January 13: Midwest Regional Ballet hosts “Cats” Vocal Audition3:00pm at Midwest Regional Ballet Company and School (2101 Stephens Blvd). Vocal and dance roles are Munkastrap, Skimbleshanks, Rum Tum Tugger. For audition songs, ladies will be asked to sing Memory and gentlemen Heaviside Layer. The group will be asked to sing Heaviside Layer. Vocally, MRB is looking for strong singers. Vocal rehearsals will be most Sunday afternoons and by appointment for Leads. Expectations are that those cast will prepare music outside of rehearsal. Practice tracks will be provided to assist. Vocal cast will be need to be comfortable with movement and costume requirements (wigs, full makeup, painted body suit), and will be required to attend some Thursday evening rehearsals at the MRB Studio for large ensemble numbers. Tech and Show Week will occur at Pittsburg Memorial Auditiorium & Convention Center. Some characters such as Grizabella , Bustapher Jones, Deuteronomy have layers of clothing. More information: Kaye Lewis, 417.439.9549.

January 17: Coffee with Carver: Sweet Potatoes and Peanuts – Stretching the Food Budget During World War I10:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In the midst of food shortages and rationing during the years surrounding World War I, George Washington Carver developed alternative foods from sweet potatoes, a garden staple. He also worked to create around 300 products from the common peanut plant. Drop in, enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea, and learn more about this aspect of Carver’s work, during the opening session of Coffee with Carver. Participants will make sweet potato starch and flour, plus peanut milk! This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

January 19: Pollinator Bomb Seed Workshop for Kids (Ages 6–12)10:00–11:00am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Want to have some fun while making your world a greener and more environmentally friendly place for both the Monarch Butterfly and other pollinators? Come get dirty and make seed bombs to take home and transform a bare and boring corner of your yard into a pocket of beauty and prime habitat for migrating monarchs. Seed bombs take the drudgery out of gardening and are the perfect way to spruce up hard to plant areas. They can even be placed in an unused planter. Seeds provided will include milkweed, critical for breeding monarchs, other regionally native seed well-adapted to local soils and sunlight, and a few annuals for season extending color. Come with clothes that can get dirty and a heart for Monarch butterflies! This event is free to the public. More information: Robin Standridge 417.708.7713. 

January 19: Joplin Public Library Explore & Play10:00–11:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). A fun, hands-on event for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers. Families will explore specially crafted “exploration stations” that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

January 19: Winter Raptors11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Featuring live raptors, representatives from the Pittsburg State University Biology Department will explain some of the adaptations that help these birds to survive as well as the importance of raptors to the natural world. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151. 

January 19-21: Martin Luther King Jr Movie Celebration1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., join George Washington Carver National Monument in viewing this 45-minute film, entitled “Martin Luther King Jr: We shall overcome” which highlights some of his major speeches. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

January 19: Luck of the Draw Family Game Night (Age 5+)7:00–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Bring the family and join Spiva Staff for a fun-filled drawing themed game night. Games such as Pictionary and Skribble Head will be featured, so come get your draw on! Donations of $10 per family are appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. 

January 24: Joplin Public Library High School Book Club (Grades 9-12)6:00–7:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). You choose the book!  Pick a book to go with the monthly theme and come chat about it.  The group will also select the theme for the next month. Brown bag suppers are welcome; dessert’s will be provided. January’s theme–to be announced. No registration needed. More information: Beth Snow, 417.623.7953, ext. 1027. 

January 25: Startup Planning in Small Towns, 12:00–1:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Join Downtown Joplin Alliance for a presentation by author, Colby Williams, on Startup Planning in Small Towns. Williams founded Parengo Coffee in Sikeston, Missouri with his parents in 2013. He won a Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellowship in 2015 through a Delta Regional Authority pitch competition. His writing explores topics such as innovation, gratitude, failure, second chances, hard work, and how to see things from a unique perspective. Lunch will be available for purchase. Space is limited, registration is required. More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

January 26: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hour offers JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and you must be a JRAC Member to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: Marta Churchwell.

January 26: Yoga in Nature for Adults10:30–11:15am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Led by a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate yoga poses for all levels of experience. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Please visit our Facebook page event to register. Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

January 26: 1st Annual Empire Market Chili Cookoff10:30am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market will be hosting the 1st Annual Empire Market Chili Cookoff at the Market. All proceeds will support the Downtown Joplin Alliance. If you would like to compete, visit https://goo.gl/forms/XpUtuamqJMmI3Hcn1 to fill out the entry form. All entries must be received by January 19. Admission into the tasting hall will be $5.00 – this grants access to taste all chili and vote in People’s Choice. Awards will be given for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place as well as a People’s Choice and an All Market Chili award. More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

January 26 & 27: Man of Great Faith1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver had a deep Christian faith that guided his life and work. Learn the story of his inspiration and what Carver credits for his success. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151.

January 29: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–5:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesday & Thursday: Joplin Public Library: Family Storytime (Ages 2–5)4:00–4:30pm at Joplin Public Library, Storytime Room (1901 E 20th St).  Library staff use short stories, simple songs, and rhymes to teach developmentally appropriate pre-reading skills, while providing at-home ideas for families. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184. 

Wednesday–Sunday: Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic, and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Click here for showings and times. More information: Holly Crane, 417.825.5161. 

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, 417.986.3914. 


EXHIBITS:

January 12–March 16: STRATA: Layered MeaningSpiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva is thrilled to host the group exhibition STRATA: Layered Meaning featuring work from Madeline Gallucci, Melaney Mitchell, Steve Snell, Patty Carroll, Andy Gershon, Bobby Houlette, Brett Reif, and Mary Ann Strandell. The work in this exhibition features multiple mediums: photography, painting, watercolor, and sculpture. STRATA showcases how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. The artists cut through the surface, pulling apart, and examining the layers that make up the whole.  It is through this exploration of components that both the artist and viewer may more deeply understand the whole or question what once was understood. Opening reception will be held on January 11, 2019 from 5:30–7:30pm. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January 12–March 9: DRAWNSpiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). DRAWN is a national exhibition celebrating experimentation while reminding viewers of the basic nature and value of the drawing process. This exhibit had no expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must qualify as drawing, including that which tests the boundaries of the discipline. Opening reception will be held on January 11, 2019 from 5:30–7:30pm. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

January–February: The Third Grade CollaborationSpiva Center for the Arts,Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.

December 18–January 31: Acrylic Paintings by Jesse McCormick, Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Acrylic paintings by Carthage artist Jesse McCormick are on display in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. McCormick’s vision emphasizes people, animals, rocks, trees, and water. Light as color and contrast are important in his work. “I move my inner vision out where others may see it and it may remain for a while. I convert what seems to be chaos into a visionary experience. The magic of painting makes imagination visible,” said the artist. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953.

December 18–January 31: Egg Tempura Paintings and Angel Drawings by Judith FowlerJoplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Judith’s angel drawings are from her book, An Angel a Day, which is an interactive journal-style book with writing prompts alongside the drawings. Her intricate egg tempura paintings were selected from a series of twenty that she will include in an upcoming coffee table book. Judith’s artwork is accompanied by her husband Jon Fowler’s pottery. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953.

December 18–January 6: Orphan Annie ArtifactsJoplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). View the Orphan Annie Secret Society decoder pins and other Orphan Annie memorabilia at the library now. Artifacts courtesy of collector Allen Shirley. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953.

December 17–January 18: 5th Annual K-12 Art ShowMissouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd).This non-competitive exhibit is arranged by grade level in order to show creative development by grade. It includes a variety of 2D and 3D works including paintings, clay sculptures, cardboard constructions, and works made from found objects. Sponsored by District 9 of the Missouri Art Education Association, the 5th Annual K-12 Art Show features artwork created by students from throughout Southwest Missouri. Receptions: January 12, K-4th Grades from 1:00–3:00pm and 5th-12th Grades from 3:00–5:00pm.

Businesses or Restaurants Supporting Local Artists on their Walls:

Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St)

Assorted works from area artists.


CLASSES:

January 2: Animal Bingo (Ages 5+)11:00am–Noon & 1:00–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (5265 Eland Rd). Join Missouri Department of Conservation for this fun but educational twist on traditional bingo. Win prizes and see some live animals, too. More information or make reservation: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423. Cost: Free.

January 3: Calling All Owls (Ages 3–6)11:00am–Noon & 1:00–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (5265 Eland Rd). Are owls really wise? Bring your children during daylight hours to learn about owls and make an owl craft to take home. More information or make reservation: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423. Cost: Free.

January 5: Children’s Christmas Bird Count (Ages 7+)9:00am–1:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (5265 Eland Rd). Dress for the weather. This is a great learning experience shared with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Lunch and prizes provided by Ozark Gateway Audubon Society. More information or make reservation: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423 Cost: Free.

January 5: Glass Nightlights with Jane McCaulley (Age 13+)10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Brighten up the night with your own fused glass creation. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $35.

January 6: LEGO Club2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.7953. Cost: Free.

January 7: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly Children’s department program for chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.7953. Cost: Free.

January 9: Preschool Connections Hibernation – More Than A Long Nap1:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Hibernation – it is more than a long nap. How do you get ready for winter? What protects you from the cold and snow? Animals make plans to keep warm and safe for the winter too. Learn what animals hibernate and how they get ready. Preschoolers will enjoy a fun and interactive lesson and complete a take home craft with Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

January 10: Kids Night for Ages 5-106:00–7:30pm at Serenity Bakery (1651 W 7th St). Bring in your little artist for an hour and half of cookie decorating. The class includes two snowmen cookies and decorating kit (in store only). More information: Kimberly Wilson, 417.291.3397. Cost: $10.

January 12: Sumi-e Painting with Jordan Murdock (Ages 13+)10:00am–12:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Try your hand at this ancient painting technique! More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $25.

January 12: Preschool Nature Connections Hibernation – More Than A Long Nap10:00am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Hibernation – it is more than a long nap. How do you get ready for winter? What protects you from the cold and snow? Animals make plans to keep warm and safe for the winter too. Learn what animals hibernate and how they get ready. Preschoolers will enjoy a fun and interactive lesson and complete a take home craft with Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Robin Standridge, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

January 12: Intro to Etching with Sarah Serio (Ages 13+)1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ever want to try your hand at creating in a style used by Rembrandt and Albrrecht Dürer? Explore a beginner-friendly approach to dry point etching from creating your image to printing it using Spiva’s very own etching press. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

January 18: Regal Eagles (Ages 3–6)11:00am–Noon & 1:00–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (5265 Eland Rd). Bald Eagles have many adaptations to help them find and capture food. Join Missouri Department of Conservation and find out more about these majestic birds. More information or make reservation: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423. Cost: Free.

January 19: Female Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 18+)11:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A professional nude model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.

January 19: Anime/Manga Club (Grades 6–12)3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The group will discuss current manga reads and anime viewings, play games, or work on some of your own creations. Most months, the group also watch at least one episode of anime. Plus, some snacks. Feel free to bring your sketching materials and draw. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.7953. Cost: Free.

January 26: Goddess Yoga with Kara Patterson (Ages 12+)10:00–11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Come discover the Goddess within! The group will come together to learn how to empower and love ourselves, and to lift each other up, through the foundations of yoga. Class will focus on Hatha yoga, with a mixture of breath work, meditation, and some Vinyasa flow. All skill levels are welcome. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $10.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesday from 9:00am–Noon & Wednesday from 4:30pm–7:30pm: Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experience of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. These are ongoing classes and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. More information: Pam Leisenring, 417.781.3839. Cost: $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St):

Wednesday: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 per class.

Wednesday: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30am at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835. Cost: $25 per class, materials provided.

Third Thursday: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835. Cost: $30 per class.

RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Weekly: Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class will paint a different piece of artwork. Click here to see their calendar and to register. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Prices vary depending on class. 

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St): 

Tuesday: Creation Station with Sandra Conrad (Ages 6–11), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class. The class is held weekly on Tuesdays from January 15-May 14. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 pre-registration ($8 at the door).

Saturday: Mini Makers with Amy Mullins (Ages 3–5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! At each session, students will create projects around a theme.  Led by teacher and artist Amy Mullins. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for you little ones! Adult must accompany child. The class is held weekly on Saturday’s from January 5-May 18. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. 

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St)

Friday: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees until 8:00pm for all couples. More information: 417.553.0671. 

Tuesday: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.


OPEN STUDIOS:

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with and appointment. 

Tuesday & Saturday: Makerspace Open Studio4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. You do not need a library card to use the maker space. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Wednesday: Wine’d Down Open Studio, (4:00–9:00pm) at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do? RSVPaint Joplin has just the thing for you. Wine’d Down Open Studio, where no registration is needed (although you still can). Just walk in and you can paint with the help of their talent artists and drink all of the wine your heart desires. Allow yourself about 2-hours to complete your painting. Cost: $25 (all painting supplies included in cost – wine specials available).

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.com/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.